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Patrick Ewing reveals why Tom Thibodeau is a ‘great candidate’ for Knicks head coaching vacancy

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New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing believes Tom Thibodeau is a “great candidate” to be the next head coach in the Big Apple.

Thibodeau is one of the frontrunners to land the Knicks job. However, new president of basketball operations Leon Rose is expected to be diligent in the hiring process.

Ewing, arguably the best player in Knicks franchise history, talked on Wednesday about why he thinks Thibodeau is an elite coach.

“I think Tom Thibodeau is a great coach,” Patrick Ewing said on SiriusXM NBA Radio’s Starting Lineup, via Newsday.

“I had the opportunity to have him be on the staff when I played and also work with him. He’s been around a lot of years. He knows the game in and out. He’s going to do everything he needs to do in terms of having his team prepared to play every night. I think he’d be a great candidate for that job.”

The Knicks have been a joke since the 2012-13 season. That was the last campaign the New York team had a winning record and made the playoffs.

Thibodeau has compiled a record of 352-246 with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the 2011 Coach of the Year with Chicago. For what it’s worth, he served as an assistant coach with the Knicks from 1996 to 2003.

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, the Knicks only racked up 21 wins. They finished the campaign with the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference and won’t be partaking in the “bubble” games down in Orlando, Florida.

Rose has a lot of work to do to turn the Knicks into a winner again. The first step is to hire the right head coach.